Assam is typically grown at lower altitudes than other types of black tea, which gives it its characteristic flavor. It has a distinctive malty taste and a rich, full body that makes it perfect for drinking with milk or sugar.
There are many ways to make a milk tea, but the most common is to mix Assam black tea with condensed milk or half-and-half. Ideally, you should start with fresh and high-quality ingredients. This will ensure that your milk tea is not only delicious but healthy as well. The basic ratio for making a single serving of Assam black tea for milk tea is 1:2 (1 part black tea and 2 parts sugar). This ratio can be altered depending on someone’s personal preference.
Things to know about Assam black tea:
Assam black tea is a type of black tea from the Indian region of Assam. The leaves are dark, curled, and grow in bunches. The individual leaves have a distinctive pinhole shape and a lot of people claim that the taste is similar to that of the Chinese green teas. One cup of Assam black tea will give you caffeine, which is about 2/3 of the amount found in ordinary black tea.
It’s one of the most popular types of black tea in India and Pakistan, but it’s also grown elsewhere around the world. The tea that is usually used for tea time is either the raw green tea or the condensed black tea powder of Assam. However, both of them can only be purchased in bulk if you are making a lot of it. The most commonly used way to serve it is to prepare the black tea and then add milk and sugar. While adding milk to the Assam tea gives you a beautiful color combination, it also gives it a more delicate flavor.
The leaves are dark brownish-red in color and have a coarser appearance than other varieties of black tea. The taste of Assam black tea is full-bodied and robust. The major characteristic of this variety of tea is that it has a well-rounded flavor with a strong taste of maltiness and some suggestions of smokiness and tangy flavor. It also tastes sweet without adding any sugar to the tea. In fact, any additions to the Tea other than milk will completely change the flavor profile.
How to brew your own Assam Black Tea + Milk Tea Recipe
0.5 cup Assam black tea
1 cup of sugar or honey
2 cups water (2 1/4 if you are using a smaller pot)
Milk and sugar to taste (approx. 3 tbs)
(condensed milk, half-and-half or whole milk as preferred)
- Place tea in the pot and bring to a boil.
- Once the water has boiled, reduce heat and let steep for 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in sugar until dissolved (or honey for a healthier version).
- Once the sugar has been completely mixed into the tea, strain if necessary (tea leaves may remain if using a fine strainer).
- Pour the tea into cups and fill each cup with milk of choice (approximately 3 tbs for each cup of tea).
- Add sugar to taste. You may also want to add ice!